Founded in 1948, the Medical Care Section is guided by the public health ideal that we must act collectively as a society to assure conditions in which people can be healthy.
We are committed to improving the nation’s health through practice, research, education and policy action. The Medical Care Section has generated several APHA presidents, and our journal, Medical Care, is the premier clinical health services research journal in the world.
We explore the organization and practice of medical care in the U.S. and elsewhere as well as the social, economic and environmental conditions that influence health.
We advocate for strengthening and assuring the conditions that preserve and enhance health as well as a medical care system that assures high-quality care, accessible preventive medicine and cultural sensitivity for all.
We see this as attainable through equitable public financing, careful monitoring and feedback of performance, and wise allocation of resources under public leadership.